Monday, September 12, 2011

9-11 Retrieved

You may have seen this come through in an email (I've received it from several friends) but even so, I wanted to share it with you all. These faces really touched me.

These are the dogs that worked the trade center that are still alive but retired, they are heroes too. Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures.
True canine heroes of 9/11 still with us today...Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days.

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days.
Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble.

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days.
Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days.
Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days.
Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.

Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day.
Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days.
Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors.

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled 'Retrieved'.

The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.

Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which is published on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted 'Retrieved' to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

'I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,' explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam. 'They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.'
All pictures courtesy of Charlotte Dumas

3 comments:

Sam said...

They are good old souls, aren't they?

Sam

kks said...

Beautiful they are!
xoxo

Curt Rogers said...

I will admit it, Sue, I have been exhausted by 9/11. The overkill has completely drained me of the emotion it deserves. I, like everyone else, was devastated by that attack and the aftermath, but this year, as the tenth anniversary rolled around and once again the politicians and media started exploiting the stories, I decided I'd honor the day in my own private way, reserving my feelings for myself. Facebook and the blogs were riddled with, what I perceived to be, mostly empty remarks and reminders. Sure, it's easy to feel, but what have people DONE about it. Words seemed so hollow. And so I stayed away.

Until this post. It was through these stunning photographs that my heart opened up and I felt the pain and triumph of all those years. These dogs are simply amazing and each deserves to be treated like a hero.

Thank you for sharing them here. Thank you, thank you, thank.

Curt (and Dunc, too)